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Winterfest - Free State Brewing Co.

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very good

85 Ratings
no score

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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 14.93%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Free State Brewing Co. visit their website
Kansas, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  ABV ?

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 11-08-2011)
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Ratings: 85 | Reviews: 21 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

LambicPentameter, Dec 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

jheezee, Dec 11, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

Hellpop65, Dec 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

baxter94, Dec 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Chuck_25, Dec 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with gold highlights. It had a one-finger head of bubbly off-white foam that left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled fruity and piney with some burnt toast notes.

T - It tasted of tropical fruits, pine and burnt toast maltiness. Nice bitter hop presence.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a good winter seasonal. Love having an IPA for a seasonal.

zeff80, Nov 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Jamiee, Nov 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD of the 1st week of March 2013

Pours copper with a finger of cream colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Floral, grassy & piney hops, plus grapefruit.

T: Grapefruit peels, some bready & piney notes up front. More grapefruit & pine & as this warms, some pear notes as well. Finishes piney wth a touch of grassyness, grapefruit & grapefruit peel

MF: Medium bodied, crisp carbonation, nice balance

A fairly refreshing IPA , was hoping for a litte more heft for a winter IPA

russpowell, Nov 18, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

e911mann, Nov 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Texasfan549, Nov 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20%

skyisland, Nov 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

dubmax, Oct 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

rwhitmore, Oct 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

sammo, Jun 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

Jayschool, Apr 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

KansasBeerLover, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle courtesy of siege06nd (thanks John!). It pours a medium copper color with an off-white foam that leaves wispy clumps of dry lace. it smells well balanced, with a good deal of caramel malt offsetting the resiny hops.

It tastes just as balanced as it smells, sweet up front with a lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Not bad at all but sort of middle of the pack among all the IPA choices in the world. I do like the choice of an IPA for a winter beer, much better than spiced Christmas ales.

TurdFurgison, Jan 18, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly burnt orange color with about an inch of eggshell colored head. The retention is fairly impressive and as the head did slowly fade, it left behind a lot of lacing on the glass.

S - Citrus fruits, most notably grapefruit and lemon. Some piney bitterness lingers along with a little malty sweetness. Excellent overall, the smell begs you to take a sip.

T - Follows the nose with citrus flavors blending with pine needles. The sweet malts are a little more present here than they were in the nose, but the hops are the main attraction.

M - Medium body with light to average carbonation. Fairly consistent with what I would expect for the style.

O - Overall, a solid offering from Free State and my favorite of their bottled beers so far. I hope they keep this as their winter seasonal and certainly wouldn't complain if it became a year round release.

ratedz, Jan 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

IrishColonial, Jan 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +33.3%

RickGKS, Jan 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

MarshallMan, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of siege06nd
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a SA Perfect Pint:

A: Pours a truly beautiful dark copper color. A crisp, ever so off-white head provides a pleasing contrast with this relatively dark IPA. Two finger head slowly recedes to a quarter finger, but what is left retains very well. Very good lacing sticks to the sides of the glass. This is one of the better looking IPAs I've had.

S: Not getting a whole lot on the nose. Some sweet malts, a bit of grain, and a relatively faint citrus hop presence. Lemon becomes more apparent on the very back end. Malt forward and the hops are pretty held back for an IPA. Ho hum.

T: Lots of creamy malts, some lemon citrus hops, and assertive pine resin bitterness. The finish is just a bit medicinal, something odd with the hops/malt interplay. Pretty solid, though. Enjoying the more robust maltiness on this.

M: Good. Moderately carbonated and relatively savory for an IPA, I suppose that's why they release it as their winter seasonal.

O: I'm digging Free State's take on a heartier IPA. They didn't quite nail the finish on this one, which is bittersweet (literally) and a touch medicinal. That doesn't mean they didn't craft a solid IPA here, however. It is relatively full-bodied and enough to keep you warm on a cool winter evening. I would have liked a more assertive bouquet, however. It's not going to blow you away, but it is a solid local in a style that is overdone and often done poorly. I recommend it.

siege06nd, Jan 09, 2012
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1/5  rDev -73.3%

SirPlunkett, Jan 05, 2012
4/5  rDev +6.7%

THEOPTIMATOR88, Dec 30, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good clear filtered golden body. Very nice white tight head. Lacey and good retention.

Very hop forward aroma. Grapefruit, lemon zest, bit of pine. Not big and blasting off the beer like some ipas, but a nice aroma none the less.

Bit of caramel and malt. The hops are present, but more of a pale ale piny mellow hop that fades into a bit of a citrus hit.

A good beer nice refreshing would probably prefer this as more of a summertime easy drinking ipa, but I wouldn't say no to a good beer anytime of year. Nothing really jumps out at me, but I did enjoy it.

bfields4, Dec 22, 2011
Winterfest from Free State Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.